Homer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Homer arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a maker of helmets. Originally the name Homer was derived from the Old French word heumier.

Early Origins of the Homer family

The surname Homer was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Homer family

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Homer Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Homer, Holmer and others.

Early Notables of the Homer family (pre 1700)

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United States Homer migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Homer or a variant listed above:

Homer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Homer, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Homer, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Susanna Homer, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [1]
  • Nicholas Homer, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [1]
Homer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Herbert Homer, who landed in New Jersey in 1730 [1]
  • Adam Homer, who landed in New Jersey in 1730 [1]
  • Adam Homer, who settled in New Jersey in 1730
  • John Homer, who settled in New England in 1754
  • Christian Homer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759 [1]
Homer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Homer of Freshwater, settled in America in 1812
  • Maria Homer, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • William Homer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868 [1]

Canada Homer migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Homer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Homer was a servant of Battle Harbour in 1795
Homer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Roger Homer was a cooper of Carbonear in 1826

Australia Homer migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Homer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Homer, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Elizabeth Homer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [3]
  • William Homer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [3]

New Zealand Homer migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Homer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. G. Homer, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th August 1856 [4]
  • John Homer, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Emily Homer, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Homer (post 1700) +

  • Sidney Homer (1864-1953), American classical composer
  • Daryl Homer, American sabre fencer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Louise Homer (1871-1947), American operatic contralto
  • Major-General John Louis Homer (1888-1961), American President of Army Ground Force Board 4 (1948) [5]
  • Winslow Homer (1836-1910), American landscape painter and printmaker from Boston, Massachusetts, known for his wrok with Harper's Weekly Magazine and Ballou's Pictorial Magazine
  • Cyril F. Homer, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 15 aerial victories
  • Thomas Percy Homer (b. 1886), English footballer
  • Tom Homer (b. 1990), English rugby union player
  • Timothy John "Tim" Homer (d. 2017), New Zealand radio personality
  • Frederick Homer, Australian Diplomat

HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Harold Homer (b. 1893), English Chief Mechanician serving for the Royal Navy from Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Homer, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Harry Homer, (alias E. Haven), aged 40, American First Class passenger from Indianapolis, Indiana who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 15 [9]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Henry Vernon Homer, American Seaman First Class from Michigan, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) John Homer. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Homer/John_Louis/USA.html
  6. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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